Hey, so, there's an actual football game in about 24 hours or so. Guess we're going to watch it. Well, I am, anyway. If you're wondering how you can do the same thing, we have all the information for you about how to follow along with all the action between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots.
Game time is set for noon Central from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. With the road team in this game being an AFC squad, the game will be broadcast on CBS rather than FOX. Your announcing team for this one will be Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. According to the folks from The 506, this game is going to be shown to a huge chunk of the country in the early time slot.
If you're in one of those areas that is not a part of the regular viewing area and will be watching on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you can find the game on Channel 706.
In Canada, you can catch the game on a number of networks, including CTV West, Central, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic, and RDS2, as well as CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, and Seattle. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that info.)
In the United Kingdom, you will have to get the game from NFL Game Pass. (Thanks to NFL UK.)
The game will not be featured on the American Forces Network, as their games will be Saints/Browns (AFN Sports) and Falcons/Bengals (AFN Prime Atlantic). Not sure why AFN is only showing two games. . .they generally show three.
If you're traveling or just prefer to hear the Minnesota Vikings' announcers over the FOX crew, you can tune into the Vikings Radio Network. Per NFL rules, the game will not be on the site for KFAN-FM 100.3 (the Vikings' flagship station), but here is the full list of stations that will allow you to see if you have an affiliate in your area.
If you have satellite radio, you have avenues there as well. If you have a Sirius radio, you can hear the Vikings on Channel 85 (Internet 817). If you have an XM Radio, can hear the Vikings feed on Channel 85 (Internet 817).
According to Football Refs, this weeks officiating crew will be led by Tony Corrente. Pete Morelli's crew will be in San Diego, where his complete suckage will hopefully not affect the game in Minnesota in any meaningful way.
As far as I know, the only legal means for streaming this week's game (as CBS doesn't appear to offer any such service) is through NFL Game Pass for folks that live overseas. If you know of any other legal methods of doing so, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
As far as other streams are concerned, do NOT. . .and I mean not in any way, shape, or form. . .promote illegal streaming sites on The Daily Norseman. Not in the comments, not in the FanPosts, not in the FanShots, not in the Game Thread on Sunday, not anywhere. Don't even hint at them. Trust me on this. If you're that determined to watch the game via an illegal stream, do a Google search and find it on your own. And be sure to enjoy your malware.
That should be all of the info needed to follow along with the action from the TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, folks. We'll have the Open Thread up here about an hour before kickoff for you to hang out in as well.